Unmarked Calif. Sheriff's Office Vehicle Damaged when Mortar Set Off Under It

July 5, 2024
While Sacramento County sheriff's deputies were breaking up a group of kids throwing fireworks at traffic, a mortar was set under an unmarked cruiser, causing "significant damage."

A juvenile was arrested and several minors were detained on the Fourth of July after the group threw fireworks and Molotov cocktails at oncoming traffic in Antelope near parks and schools, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were called about 9 a.m. Thursday to homes near Antelope Crossing Middle School, near Tetotom Park, for reports of a “large group of unsupervised” children lighting aerial fireworks, the Sheriff’s Office said online.

The group, which at one point rose to about 20 to 30 juveniles, was also spotted at Olive Grove Elementary School, near Firestone Park, according to archived audio dispatch calls reviewed by The Sacramento Bee.

The group of children fled the area when deputies arrived to break up the crowd. One juvenile found to be carrying a handgun was arrested, deputies said.

During the incident, a juvenile set off a mortar underneath an unmarked sheriff’s vehicle that caused “significant damage,” deputies said. No one was injured.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 916-874-5115 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at 916-443-4357. Callers, who may be eligible for a $1,000 cash reward, can remain anonymous at sacsheriff.com or by calling 916-874-8477.


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